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jellybaby

Member since Jun 2011 • Last active Jan 2020
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    Charging was controversial when they introduced it and many vowed never to pay.
    They will have to significantly increase the charges to cover the staff they will need to enforce it.

    Similar consultation in 2012
    https://www.hamhigh.co.uk/news/environme­nt/swimmers-fury-over-hampstead-heath-po­nds-charges-1-1237527

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    Krapy when that happens

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    Hampton pool is fantastic. It that was my local I might not do cold.

    The usual advice is swim down so start going 2-3 times a week in the autumn. I'm not sure how to start, or in my case restart, in January.

    Maybe get in the shallow end, splash water on chest/face, swim ~20m head up breast stroke then head in and maybe ~200m total. Repeat a 2-3 times over a week. Then start to build up the times. The main thing is don't feel like you have failed if you get out really quickly, just come back and have enough go quickly.

    Also lay out your clothes for easy dressing afterwards, have 1 more layer than all of them to put put on and have a flask of hot drink or cafe available.

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    Crawl for me apart from the first half length.

    I wear one cap which I once ripped putting on and so I tried without but couldn't keep my head under, luckily the lifeguards were able to lend me one. I now carry two in my bag.

    I swim everywhere with Aqua Sphere goggles because I find them more comfortable, hadn't considered they might help insulate my face a bit.

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    Sounds feasible to me but I'd build up. 1.3km, then 1.7km perhaps and see how you feel when you get out.

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    Last winter, 2/3 times a week.

    This winter not for ages. Different job made it difficult to get there and then I sliced my finger open repairing my dishwasher which meant keeping my hand dry for a month. Once the temperature dropped I got chicken...

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    Yes, that's mine.

    There isn't an API, I scrape the website. From time to time they change the website in ways that break my poor code. It's currently ~100 lines of Python including lots of debug for when it goes wrong.

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    There's always an element of peer pressure, and the weakest swimmer is often the one that doesn't come back up.

    Talking to the lifeguards at the ponds on the Heath, that's the typical swimmer they pull out.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    The Jubilee River Swim (https://www.mysportingtimes.com/showeven­t?eventid=379) and Thames Marathon (https://henleyswim.com/events/thames-mar­athon/) both look interesting and have places.

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    I think it is sold out this year so you have plenty of time to train.

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